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Emil Gilels plays Beethoven, in concert 1980 / Emil Gilels, piano

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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 "Cuckoo"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 "Cuckoo"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"
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Notes & Reviews:

Emil Grigoryevich Gilels was a Soviet pianist. He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. This historical recording of Gilels' night of Beethoven concert was performed five years before his death

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
He begins Sonata 7 fast and uses the pedal to create a pleasing variety of colors - it's pleasing. The Minuet is light and graceful. Gilels's handling of IV is by far the most effective, demonstrating personality and understanding. Sonatas 25 and 26 are presented with the same directness and clarity. The playing is incisive, the fingerwork is impressive.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2013
Here is this great Russian at his exhilarating best. The weighting and voicing is super-refined, the fast movements hurtle, the slow ones have a grave expressiveness, and the Eroica Variations emerge with anarchic humour.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Ordenssaal, Ludwigsbur (09/21/1980).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica"
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 "Cuckoo"
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809-1810